Prehension Blooms

12 October, 7:00 pm

1 hr 30 minFrom £8

Performance | Dance, Technology, The Arts, Engineering

Prehension Blooms

OVADA, Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ

Neon Dance presents an interactive contemporary dance show that incorporates world-class performers, immersive sound design, music and the latest in AI robotic technology. Prehension Blooms explores relationships and themes of companionship and loneliness; set in a distant future and ancient past – an alien world of sand where robot creatures lurk underfoot.

Conceived by choreographer and director Adrienne Hart, acclaimed for her previous Neon Dance works (Empathy and Puzzle Creature), Prehension Blooms features specially made, insect-like robots, named by the team as ‘hōki-mon’ (rake monsters), designed and built by Bristol Robotics Lab in collaboration with award-winning visual artist Ana Rajcevic.

The weave of dance and movement between the hōki-mon, dancers and the audience is presented with an original score by composer Sebastian Reynolds, whose cinematic, electronic soundscapes help transport audiences to another time and place.

Ticket price includes a complimentary drink.


View video of robotics

View video of dance rehearsal

Prehension Blooms – Creation from Neon Dance on Vimeo.


Created & Produced by Neon Dance
Concept & Direction by Adrienne Hart
Choreography by Adrienne Hart in collaboration with dance artists
Performed by Fukiko Takase, Travis Clausen-Knight, David Lloyd
Understudy Chihiro Kawasaki
Robot Design & Concept by Hemma Philamore, Alix Partridge, Calum Gillespie (BristolRobotics Lab)
Robot visual design by Ana Rajcevic
Composition by Sebastian Reynolds
Scenography & Lighting Design by Nico de Rooij & Charlie Hope
Costume by Mikio Sakabe
Photography by Miles Hart Photography
Videography by Tom Schumann & Adam Hale
PR by Mobius
Graphic Design by Naile Muslu
Robots co-created by University of Bristol & Neon Dance
Supported by Swindon Dance, University of Bristol, The Place, Wellcome Collection, BristolBeacon & South East Dance

Neon Dance is an internationally renowned company that embraces a diverse and digital population; a place where artists, partners and people can engage in experiences that are experimental and original, yet accessible to all. Instagram: @neondance | Twitter: @neon_dance | Facebook: @NeonDanceUk


Part of Dancin’ Oxford’s Family Dance Festival



OVADA, Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ, UK OX1 1NJ